12 days in Lakeland & Ivalo Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland & Ivalo Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuopio
— 1 night
Fly
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Ivalo
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Berlin

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Kouvola

— 1 night
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 4th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Kouvola is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip tool.

You can drive from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna holiday planning website.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 8th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kuopio trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ivalo.
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Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. On the 9th (Mon), examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then take an exotic tour of Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then get outside with Lake Inari.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ivalo visit planner.

Fly from Kuopio to Ivalo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuopio in August, expect Ivalo to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ivalo to Tampere takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Ivalo in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tampere, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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